Thursday, May 25, 2006

We bought a new BBQ last weekend and just had to try the Famous Beer Butt Chicken recipe. It can't help but make you giggle and it's tasty too!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Today I went to the movies for the first time in 2 years. I did ok. We went to the first matinee so it wasn't too smelly. Unfortunately, I had a touch of a stomach bug so I missed about half the movie visiting the little girl's room but all in all, I had a good time.

We went to see The DaVinci Code. It was a little confusing at times as I kept having to step out, but it was pretty good. I was there for all the important reveals so it made sense. After seeing the movie, I think this seems the most logical story about Jesus. A regular man, out to save the world.

During the pre-movie trailers, there was a trailer for World Trade Center. It brought me to tears. As much as I would like to see the movie, I'm not sure I can, if a trailer can get me that upset. It is so odd to have a historical event, that took place so recently be made into a movie. I think it is too soon.

I remember that morning so vividly. I remember sweating in the park across from my office, as another department in our building was on strike and would not let us in the building. I remember walking the 2 blocks for my yearly blood work. I remember walking the two blocks back, finally gaining access to the building, walking past the boardroom, seeing it full of people in tears. I remember the days that followed, glued to CNN, for any glimmer of hope that this was all a bad dream.

And what have we learned since then? As far as I am concerned nothing. Sure, we now live in a cautious fear; every time a plane crashes or a train derails we automatically assume first that it is an act of terrorism. But other than that, we have learned nothing. We still discriminate, only now we include religion. Our neighbors to the south, still barrel into war, to find what isn't there. To blame those who were not the perpetrators. To make themselves feel better knowing that they have punished someone, anyone they can find, instead of capturing the real threat.

And all this brings me back to The DaVinci Code. Perhaps if we all took the view, that religion, whether it be Christianity or Islam, is not based on divine Gods, but rather regular people simply wanting to make their world a better place, we can stop any future atrocities.

Photo Copyright: Gwendolyn Magee

Saturday, May 13, 2006

"Why not?"

Sunday, May 07, 2006

...Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 49??

Bazil turned 49 today (that is 7 for the un-dog-informed). She was spoiled with an afternoon at the doggy spa and feasted upon a dinner of veal paupettes and rice with Rainbow Chip Cupcakes for dessert.

According to the experts, she has entered her Senior years. But I think someone forgot to tell her that. If we would let her, she would play ball 24/7, with perhaps the odd break to dig in the mud or chase the rabbits in the garden. She even runs in her dreams.

I wonder who it was that decided that 7 is the start of Seniorhood? Did they just convert the age to human years? Or was there a specific reason that 7 is considered over the hill? Jack Russell Terriers can live to 14 or older, so that is an awful long time to be considered a senior citizen. Maybe I should have bought her a walker for her birthday instead of a box of tennis balls.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


We have new resident in the Polkaroo household. Squeaky the Mouse decided to move in last week. We think he got in via the air conditionner pipe but we really aren't sure.

You would think that Farfalle and Bazil would make their Jack Russell ancestors proud and catch our new furry friend but it turns out they are JRT's in looks only. Farfalle did manage to trap Squeaky under a cabinet but then just whined and chirped to alert us to it. Bazil hasn't even noticed her new roommate. Some hunters they are!

On Saturday, Renzo and I went out and bought a humane live trap and put some peanut butter in it, as from all Google accounts, mice love peanut butter. But I guess Kraft Peanut Butter isn't Squeaky's usual brand as so far he hasn't taken the bait. Tonight I am going to try Cheez Whiz and crackers. Maybe he would prefer that.

Maybe I should just get him a cage and let Bazil and Farfalle keep him as their pet. I'm sure they would love him and walk him every day!